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Access to a decent way of living

Closing the living wage gap

Our service is built on a partnership with the Wage Indicator Foundation. Together we provide support on:

  • Calculating the Living Wage gap

  • Living Wage policy writing

  • Implementation strategy

  • Country-specific guidance

  • Living Wage trainings and workshops


Free webinar: Exploring Living Wage & Income

Join our experts on Living Wages and Living Income and learn about the latest developments. There is a session at 09.00(CET) and at 16.00(CET) on Thursday 7th December 2023. Don’t miss it!

Social Impact & Compliance

What is a living wage?

A living wage is a remuneration received for a standard workweek by a worker in a particular place sufficient to cover the basic costs of living for the worker and his or her family. Living wages include the basic elements of a decent standard of living; housing, education, healthcare, food, drinking water, transportation, mobile usage, clothes, mandatory contributions & taxes, and a provision for unexpected events or emergencies.

Why pay a living wage?

If we are to achieve a real sustainable impact, respecting human rights must be a priority for public and private sector parties. According to the latest statistics of the ILO, 6.4% of the employed world population lives in extreme poverty (below USD 1.90 per day). This means that employed people, even though they are working full-time jobs are not able to escape poverty. Since access to a decent standard of living is a human right, living wages and living income are priority areas that require cross-sectoral commitments.


“Living wages provide workers around the world a way out of poverty”


Living wages provide workers around the world a way out of poverty, which is not only beneficial to the individual and his or her family but also to strengthen local economies, foster gender equality and enhance sustainable business activities. Companies and organizations that are committed to paying a living wage can expect increased benefits in employee motivation and retention, improved reputation, and better market position.

Our support for living wages

We support companies and organizations in calculating the living wage gap, developing insightful digital tools such as dashboards for managers, co-develop living wage policies and supporting local offices with the implementation of living wages and establishing the right context for it.

For companies that work with smallholders in their supply chains, we can conduct living income studies through local data gathering. Our global network means we have people on the ground in over 80 countries that have a good understanding of the local context. These projects are tailored to the needs and challenges of your supply chain.

Partnership WageIndicator Foundation

In 2022, Peterson formed a partnership with the WageIndicator Foundation, a global data supplier relative to the living wage and primary cost of living, minimum wages, labor law, and labor rights index. By way of combining their technical knowledge with Peterson’s implementation experience, we can support clients in reaching their social responsibility ambitions and commitments. With this partnership, WageIndicator Foundation and Peterson, aim to become a one-stop shop for organizations to measure, establish the ground, and support the implementation of living wages in their supply chains.

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“We find the WageIndicator hands-on mentality and the Peterson boots-on-the-ground approach a strong match. We like it. We believe that our partnership is complementary and furthers the interest of our clients. Needless to stress that WageIndicator safeguards its independence as a wage data provider”
Paulien Osse, Director of WageIndicator Foundation
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Innovative solutions

We are working closely with our colleagues from Peterson Technologies to enhance data utilization. Dynamic and customized dashboards facilitate data comprehension and allow us to explore cause-and-effect relationships. This way we let innovation and technology support our work and goals. Feel free to share ideas and your challenges.

Tess de Jongh for Peterson Projects & Solutions on Living Wages

Ready to work on Living Wages?

Ready to work on living wages or would you like to know more aboujt Social Impact and Compliance? Please reach out to our expert on this topic: Tess de Jongh.